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Offbeat Lawyer: Trump comments kept NFL team from signing Colin Kaepernick

06:10  31 may  2018
06:10  31 may  2018 Source:   usatoday.com

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Colin Kaepernick is claiming NFL teams are colluding to keep him from playing in the league after protesting during the anthem. Kaepernick 's attorney said the unnamed owner made the comments while under oath during a deposition in the collusion grievance the former San Francisco 49ers

Colin Kaepernick is claiming NFL teams are colluding to keep him from playing in the league after protesting during the anthem. Kaepernick 's attorney said the unnamed owner made the comments while under oath during a deposition in the collusion grievance the former San Francisco 49ers.

An NFL owner decided not to offer free agent Colin Kaepernick a contract after President Trump called for firing players who knelt during the national anthem.

Kaepernick's attorney said the unnamed owner made the comments while under oath during a deposition in the collusion grievance the former San Francisco 49ers quarterback filed against the league.

Mark Geragos told the Straight Aim podcast on Tuesday the testimony provides proof of collusion.

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More than a dozen NFL executives have been deposed by Kaepernick ’s legal team , including owners of the Baltimore Ravens, Houston Texans and New “The only reason — and the owners will admit that — they haven’t signed him is they’re afraid of Trump , and they’ve colluded because of Trump .”

Kaepernick ’s legal team have conducted a series of depositions with various administrative figures within NFL organizations as part of their grievance against the NFL , filed last November, which suggests that NFL owners have colluded to keep the free agent from signing with a team .

"In this civil case, there’s no doubt that the existing coaches — and I’m talking about Super Bowl-winning coaches — have testified under oath that he’s a starting quarterback in this league, and so that’s mind boggling,” Geragos said.

More than a dozen NFL executives have been deposed by Kaepernick's legal team, including owners of the Baltimore Ravens, Houston Texans and New England Patriots, as well as Denver Broncos general manager John Elway.

“When you ask them … specifically why he isn’t being hired … they say because of the national anthem policy," Geragos added. "The only reason — and the owners will admit that — they haven’t signed him is they’re afraid of Trump, and they’ve colluded because of Trump."

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A lawyer for former NFL player Colin Kaepernick says that at least one NFL owner changed his mind about signing the player after President Trump blasted the anthem protests. Kaepernick attorney Mark Geragos said that one NFL owner has admitted under oath to the about-face decision, because

Lawyer : NFL Owner Changed Mind About Signing Kaepernick After Trump ’s Comments . A lawyer for Colin Kaepernick says that an NFL owner testified under oath during a collusion grievance deposition that he changed his mind about signing the former San Francisco 49ers quarterback after

More: Trump praises NFL's anthem policy, says protesters maybe 'shouldn't be in the country'

Kaepernick last played in the NFL in 2016, taking a knee during the national anthem before each game to protest racial injustice and police brutality.

Last week, NFL owners issued a revised anthem policy that fines teams if their players do not "show proper respect" during the anthem, but gives players the option of staying in the locker room.

Trump lauded the new policy, while also suggesting players who didn't stand for the anthem "shouldn't be in the country."

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Report: Kaepernick's lawyers want testimony from Trump .
Colin Kaepernick is still in the process of trying to prove NFL owners got together and decided not to sign him because of his national anthem protests, and his attorneys are looking to take the case to the next level. Charles Robinson of Yahoo Sports reports that Kaepernick’s legal team is expected to seek federal subpoenas that would compel Donald Trump, Vice President Mike Pence and other government officials to testify in the free agent quarterback’s collusion case. The goal will be to prove that statements about anthem protests from Trump and his camp directly influenced Kaepernick’s standing with the league.

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